Letter: Environmental Scientists

Your publication overemphasizes the microbiological and biotechnical aspects of biology to an almost complete disregard for organismal and environmental biology. Your May 28, 1990, issue is a typical case in point. In an issue that had a large number of articles on improving science education and lauded the work and up-and-coming researchers, the only article that at all emphasized any type of biology above the molecular level was the one about the environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Whi

John Bates
Jul 22, 1990

Your publication overemphasizes the microbiological and biotechnical aspects of biology to an almost complete disregard for organismal and environmental biology. Your May 28, 1990, issue is a typical case in point. In an issue that had a large number of articles on improving science education and lauded the work and up-and-coming researchers, the only article that at all emphasized any type of biology above the molecular level was the one about the environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas. While her life's work is exemplary, she is not a college-educated scientist.

We must drastically raise the environmental awareness of our society by producing not only biotechnicians and molecular biologists, but also scientists to work at the level of the organism and environment. If we do not, there will not be an environment in which big grants can be given to fund research in areas such as the inducible regulation of gene expression. We...

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